Country Kings at the BBC

Country Kings at the BBC


It’s hard to avoid comparing this splendid country compilation to a shampoo commercial. Such luscious locks, from clean-cut and quiffy Frank Ifield and jumpsuited Glen Campbell to silver foxes Charlie Rich and Kenny Rogers. Some of the stories behind the songs are compelling, too, including the car crash that led to down-home John Denver recording Take Me Home, Country Roads.

While the overall tempo is a little sleepy, there’s the odd wake-up call (Ricky Scaggs’s finger-picking Country Boy is amazing), while She Is Gone from been-through-it-all Willie Nelson is a heartfelt highlight. He named his guitar Trigger after Roy Rogers’s horse, you know.


A chronological compilation of performances from the BBC archive by male country singers, ranging from the Everly Brothers and Jerry Lee Lewis to Garth Brooks and Willie Nelson. Featuring classic songs from studio shows by Glen Campbell, Charley Pride, George Hamilton IV, Kenny Rogers, Clint Black, Johnny Cash and Eric Church.

Cast & Crew

Producer Dione Newton